OK, so you have a website/blog…and you think it looks good ( let’s assume it does 😀 ), and you’re pumping out regular posts containing valuable ( or at least interesting ) quality content.
And you’re getting only a few views a day…a handful of unique visitors…your brother, your sister, a couple friends, and the neighborhood feral cat.
And you think ‘ geeeez, I thought I’d be getting millions of viewers by now! ‘
Sucks, don’t it?! Great site, great content, stuck in the millions on Alexa, and no traffic.
Let’s face facts…if you went through all the trouble to put up a site, especially if you went out and bought a domain and your own hosting, went though the time and effort to get it right so it looks good to you, went through the hassle of fixing any hiccups along the way, went though the effort to create original high-quality content ( or, at least, good content )…you want people to come to your site…otherwise why did you go through all that trouble in the first place ( not really a question, seeing as we already know the answer ).
There are literally millions of sites on the Internet…by last count over 180 million of them…and only 1 million of those get enough traffic ( to be perfectly blunt ) to even warrant their existence. And only the top 500,000 get enough traffic to have even a modest presence on the Internet.
We can’t all be Number 1…the first 10,000 spots are pretty much taken by the ‘ big boys ‘ and you’d have to come up with a better mousetrap ( like Facebook did to MySpace ) to squeeze yourself in there with the likes of Microsoft and CNN.
And even though it’s possible you could get your site into the top 100,000 it’s not easy to stay there, there’s always someone looking to bump you out and take your place. The Internet is ever-changing, new sites, new fangled ideas, new software, etc…if your site is at 80,000th and you’re doing nothing to keep your spot, you won’t be there long.
So, for most of us, we need to shoot for the top 500,000. If your site is in the top 500,000 then you’re in a good place. Not necessarily a great place, but you’re doing alright. But, even if you’re in the top million you at least have the ability to say your site has enough traffic to validate it’s existence.
For all the site owners who are more than 1 millionth the bright side is there are things you can do to improve your traffic.
1. you could add your site/s to directories, preferably directories that offer you more than a link deep in their listings, so deep even god couldn’t find you. My own directories offer not only a listing but you can also submit articles and leave comments.
They are also ‘ dedicated ‘ directories. Which are far better than your typical ‘ everything under the sun ‘ directories. As ‘ dedicated ‘ directories the traffic generated is significantly more target-oriented.
2. you could join a site like TAZ that is already in the top 500,000 ( 261,836th at the time of this posting ), make posts, and allow a larger audience to get to know you and familiarize themselves to you. If they like what they read they will check out what you’ve written elsewhere too.
Unfortunately the TAZ has never been open to user-registration. The only way you can become a posting member of TAZ is if you are invited, or request an invitation. If you request an invitation, unless we know you fairly well, chances are you will be refused. Just being honest so you don’t waste your time, and don’t put us in a position of having to refuse…we hate telling people no.
Those two are ways, if you want to get more traffic, and a better Alexa rating, you should be pursuing. And pursing them ‘ actively ‘ and ‘ regularly ‘.
If you ‘ actively ‘ add your site/s to my directories ( and any other directory that offers more than just a listing ), post articles to my directories, leave comments on sites in my directories…
if you ‘ actively ‘ join sites like TAZ ( any site that is already in the top 500,000 ), and post ‘ regularly ‘ , you will create interest in what you have to say which will translate into readers.
This advice isn’t just dead advice, it is advice I follow myself. I am an active member of ‘ other ‘ sites in the top 500,000…and I have added my sites to, and participate in, ‘ other ‘directories as well.
But…the key word here is ‘ active ‘…’ active ‘ participation. If you join other sites, and add your site/s to directories, then stop any further participation…then they’re not going to help you. You’re simply not going to benefit from being inactive.
The more ‘ active ‘ you are…the more benefit you will receive from it…that is just plain ole’ common sense.
Submit your site/s to directories, like the three we have, actively post articles, actively leave comments…join sites like TAZ and actively post articles, and actively leave comments.
If you do just those two things…and even if you do nothing else…I can virtually guarantee that your site will get substantially more traffic and a substantially better ranking.
Of course…if your site is already in the top 500,000 you likely already know this and are doing it already.
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